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that is never enough, until it finally explodes. >> syria is now at a state of civil war, a u.n. official said this week. it is estimated that more than 4,000 people have been killed by pro-government forces since march. but who is supplying president assad and other oppressive regimes with the technology to hunt down the dissenters? an investigation has discovered that the british company based in oxfordshire has been implicated in the sale of state of the art technology to syria, and it is not the only british company which has a role in allowing despotic regimes access to cutting edge technologies to help them spy on their citizens. here is the report. >> the arab spring. egypt. libya. now, syria. popular uprisings fueled by new technology, coordinated using mobile phones, the internet, text messages, and tweets. these pictures captured last week from syria spread around the globe on the the world wide web. but now the very technologies that helped spark these revolutions are being used to brush them. >> technology can be every bit as lethal as the bullets from a munitions company. >> brigh
. >> suarez: the carnage that has bloodied much of syria came home to the capital today. two bombs erupted in damascus, killing nearly four dozen people and wounding more than 150. we begin with a report narrated by inigo gilmore of independent television news. >> reporter: one of the bomb blasts left this huge crater in the ground. the tangled bodies of the dead were ferried away on stretchers, a doubly whammy in the heart of the capital damascus. the targets-- two buildings belonging to syria's security forces. >> ( translated ): i heard the explosion and saw many body parts. there were dead bodies all over the place. bodies of women and children in their cars. >> reporter: the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers driving vehicles packed with explosives. at least that's what the government claims. >> ( translated ): even before >> reporter: even before the dust had settled, syria's state media seized on the attacks, saying they were further evidence of a threat from foreign linked armed gangs. within minutes, state tv were saying terrorists linked to al qaeda were responsible. at
." twin bomb attacks kill almost 40 in damascus amid fears of bloodshed in syria. but who is responsible? final tributes to paid to the man who helped free his country from communism. and preserving a mighty church organ. be pushes on to find these giant instruments a new home -- the push is on to find these giant instruments a new home. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and also around the globe. is difficult to imagine the situation in syria getting much worse. over the months, a standoff between protesters and security forces have become increasingly violent. some feel the country is on the brink of civil war. but what happens today is unprecedented in the conflict. more than 40 were killed in what is believed to been two suicide bombings in damascus. the opposition accused the government itself for trying to influence the team of arab league observers. >> this was a devastating escalation of syria's vineland's. -- vineland's. is revoked the terror of neighboring iraq. cars packed with explosives. here, a vehicle mangled by the blast. and all of this happened in an area that sh
with the militia. that is the situation right now. syria is entering the state of civil war. government does not want to surrender, but is quite clear it is not going to go forward either. yemen is the same situation. the government has -- the president has supposedly step down. he is playing games. he will not step down officially until elections are held, but he is not beating as someone who is being a major politick wager in his country. i am not sure how that is going to be bald. there are a lot of questions all around. >> one of the reasons we wanted to invite you back was i think we talked on this program at this table seven or eight months ago, and everyone was so excited about what was going on in egypt at the time, and you said it is not a revolution, it is just the beginning. you take out the top guy, and you are still left with everyone else who surrounded the top guy. you were very cautious at that time. >> what we're seeing now is the next step. because the military was satisfied with having removed the proper diet. they thought they could keep everything else, that the own powe
protests and more deaths in syria. we will not leave until the deal is done. french president nicolas sarkozy and german chancellor angela merkel ahead of europe's crunched summit. it is midday in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington, and 4:00 in the afternoon in moscow, where security forces are still patrolling the streets in what appears to be a massive show of force after two days of protests in the wake of the weekend's election, which saw a vastly reduced majority for putin's party. the opposition says he would be out of office altogether were it not for systematic vote rigging. is this the start of a new mass movement? i should just say -- in the last few minutes, we've heard that the former soviet union leader has asked for the results of the election to be annulled. to discuss this with me, a former dissident who was imprisoned by the communists in the 1980's and now works for human rights center memorial. thank you for being with us. you have been a dissident from communist times. do you see anything new in the latest protests? >> [inaudible] another new point is that i think, th
-ass"bbc wos america." syria's president strikes back. he says he is not responsible for the recent bloodshed. >> i did my best to tell people you should not go guilty would you did your best. you do not feel guilty when you do not kill people. inote ling for oa rev- russia. the recent president said the recent vote should be in a live boy. coming home. we travel to fort hood, texas, where the joye is tinge with sacrifice. withhe joy is tinged sacrifice. welcome to our viewers on pbs, america, and around the globe. during the past nine months the people of syria have taken to the streets in protest against their government, and over 4000 have paid with their life. in rare television interview with barbara walters, the syrian president, bashar al-assad, flatly denied he ordered the use of brutality. instead blaming the violence on others. paul would starts the coverage -- paul woods starts the coverage. >> day after day unarmed syrian protectors have come out to face machine guns, snipers, and army vehicles. the costs so far is 4000 dead mom. . but in his abc interview, bashar al-assad did is
in nuclear-powered? welcome to "gmt." also in the program -- new moves to pressure syria as the u.n., russia signals willingness to condemn bashar al-assad. bradley manning, the u.s. soldier accused of stealing secrets to wikileaks is about to make his first court appearance. it is midday in london, 4:00 p.m. in moscow and 9:00 p.m. in tokyo where the prime minister told his nation the fukushima plant is now stable. nine months after the earthquake and tsunami which devastated the area, he said it is now in -- the plant is now in cold shutdown. but the disaster is likely to haunt japan for decades. roland berger reports from tokyo. >> explosions -- since explosions shook the nuclear plant, the reactors were pushed into meltdown after being engulfed by a huge tsunami. now the government announced that workers at the power station achieved their goal. it is in a state of cold shutdown and the leaks of radiation have been substantially reduced. >> since i took office, i have been saying that for japan to be reborn, fukushima has to be saved. the nuclear power plant accident needed to be stabili
say at least 24 people have been killed in renewed anti-government protests across syria. four children were said to be among the demonstrations that take place after a friday prayer. it is estimated 14000 people have died in the uprising against president al-assad since march. a spokesman for syria's foreign ministry said the president was appalled and saddened by the ongoing violence. during a press conference he also called on the international community to help syria find an exit to the crisis. >> we are appealing to the outside world and our brothers all over the world to help syria through this and to stop in sight met - inciting people, pressuring, ching. this is not helping syria. if you affect this area institutions, there will be no ability to build the state. >> syria is still under international pressure. >>> a fierce fire ripped through a hospital in india, killing at least 90 people. many of them were patients who became trapped. it took firefighters in calcutta five hours to get the blaze under control, and fleeing medical staff are accused of abandoning their pa
," reporting from washington. as the violence continues to wage and syria, the warning comes that the death toll could be above 6000. just days after u.s. forces leave, iraq faces political crisis as the prime minister calls for the vice president to be handed over for trial. the american city on the brink of bankruptcy and the residents who refuse to give vent to an economy and in crisis. -- give in to an economy in crisis. ♪ a blast from the past, they thought it was lost for nearly 40 years but a rare recording of 8th bowie classic is rediscovered. -- a bowie classic is rediscovered. welcome to our viewers on tbs in america and around the globe. the white house says they are as deeply disturbed by reports that as many as 250 people have been killed since the start of this week. their most recent condemnation comes as human rights campaigners say that more than 6000 civilians have died since the uprising began in march. that is much higher than the u.n. estimate. this report contains some graphic images. >> the violence is obviously getting worse as these pictures being sent in by ordin
in the streets of syria in a show of strength to the arab league monitors. the government revealed its plans to revive the troubled economy of spain. a political comeback and jamaica for the former prime minister, portia simpson miller. welcome to "bbc world news." i am david eades. blink and you missed it. how samoa abandoned friday. also, we know they are clever, but how clever? a new take on the ability of chimps to look out for each other. >> thank you for joining us. with friday prayers coming to a close in syria, there have been calls from activists for tens of thousands of protesters to get out on the streets and let the arab league monitors know exactly how they feel about their government. so far, the activists say the observers have done little to stop the bloodshed. our correspondent is in neighboring beirut. we're getting reports of more violence breaking out. this time in douma. >> that is right. it is difficult to know exactly what is going on inside syria. as you said, reports of clashes between tens of thousands of demonstrators in douma, a suburb on the edge of damascus, cla
continues in syria, and the death toll mounts, the international community ramps up pressure on the assad regime. >> now warming temperatures have meant less sea ice. >> and a legendary broadcaster issues a warning on climate change and the impact it's having before our very eyes. welcome to our vurings on pbs america and around the world. 8.6%. you will be hearing a lot of it from the white house. it's the number u.s. unemployment fell to last month. down a healthy chunk from october. it's a glimmer of good news for the u.s. economy. and it brings unemployment down to its lowest level in 2 1/2 years. no wonder president obama is smiling. >> merry christmas, everybody. >> and what a christmas gift the president has got. ♪ >> it's not exactly wonderland. but getting america's unemployment comfortably below 9% is a welcome boost. many of the 120,000 extra jobs created last month came in retail. shoppers dug into their purses and stores for extra workers to help. results, a little economic fairy dust. but mr. obama already knows the trend won't last if congress doesn't act. >> we need to k
." >> the loss of life in syria despite the presence of arab league monitors. the north koreans pay their last respects to kim jong un hill and all eyes turned to the regime's new leaders. escalating sectarian violence in nigeria as christians warned that they will respond following a wave of deadly islam as the tax. welcome to "bbc world news." palestinian police rushed in to break up a brawl between rival priests at the church of the nativity in bethlehem. could the colosseum in rome be crumbling? violence is continuing in syria despite the presence of the arab league monitoring mission. 10 people were killed including one child on wednesday. syrian state television is report that 755 people held in their role in the uprising have been released but activists say as many as 15,000 remain in prison. this report does contain distressing images. >> no let up in the violence even with the arab league monitors whose mission is to try to stem the bloodshed. these images from the town of homs which emerged after the team said the situation was reassuring. opposition activists are determined to show
monitors syria, heavy shelling is killed at least 20 people. a veteran chinese dissident jailed for 10 years for his online political activities. a memorial for nigeria's christmas day church bombing. welcome to bbc world news, broadcasting on pbs in america and around the globe. stabbings and london's most famous shopping street of one of the busiest days of the year. and forest fires force hundreds to flee their homes. the first group of arab league observers have arrived in syria to curb violence in the country. opposition leaders are urging the group to go straight away to the city on monday, where 20 people were killed by heavy shelling. the french foreign ministry says it supports the call from the opposition. >> this is what the activists want the arab observers and the world to see. unverifiable but hard to fake image as posted on the internet of what they say is the destruction caused by shelling of residential areas in the third biggest city. they also showed pictures that are too gruesome for us to broadcast of the bleeding corpses of the least four young men struck amidst t
and that right now we would all be focusing on the instability in syria. >> rose: where do you think it is today in a broad sense terms of its power to dominate 2012? >> the arab spring, charlie. >> rose: yes. >> yeah, we talked about this because you and i were together the night mubarak fell in tahrir square. one of the things i remember about being there th week in egypt is that some day i would love to design a journalism course just aut that week. because i don't remember if we talked about in in cairo, charlie but my rule in that week has been my rule ever since, is that whenever you see elephants fly, shut up and take notes. i felt like in cairo elephants were flying. we were seeing things, when everyone tells me the arab spring is going to be this, going to that be it is going to be wonderful, internal. you didn't see it coming, what makes you think you know where it's going, okay. shut up and take notes. and so that's really my overarching, you know, attitude right now, charlie. what strikes me is several people have pointed this out there was a saying after the russian revolution, demo
." >> israeli outrage against ultra-orthodox jews. arab league observers began working in syria. the u.s. accuses damascus of step attacks against its own people at of their arrival. a new outpouring of public grief is expected on the streets of p'yongyang. a very warm welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and our around the world. how this iconic paris cathedral fell in and out of favor and back in again. the giant outdoor escalator transforming lives and one of columbia's poorest neighborhoods. several thousand israelis have demonstrated in the town of beit shemesh to condemn the behavior of old so orthodox jews who want to segregate between the sexes. the behavior of -- the israeli president has said a minority in israel is acting is -- is acting outrageously. >> by early evening, thousands had gathered in beit shemesh angry at the treatment of women by ultra orthodox jews who want greater separation between the sexes. in recent months, many israelis have been shocked of grown men hurl abuse at school girls. their crime, dressing in modestly. >> >> over the weekend, israeli telev
victory against malaria. is there too much emphasis on this one solution? now in syria, hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to show the level of anti-government sentiment. they fired on the protesters. at 35 were killed. the united states has called upon the syrian government to give observers access. >> a mass turnout of anti- dormant protesters are across the country. -- anti-government protesters across the country. as has been the case all week, and violence. this is a suburb of the capital damascus. demonstrators have running battles with security forces. people did the best that they could to help the injured. nearby, there appear to be a large number of arrests. what happened to these men is not known. we cannot verify these pictures. across syria, activists say that dozens were killed today. all this under the eyes of arab league observers, surrounded by people desperate to tell their story. activists say that over 150 people have been killed. protesters have reported clashes across the country. more than 60 monitors on the ground have managed to
conditions there. now, to syria, where the united nations say 5000 people have been killed in a crackdown on protesters that began in march, and today, the u.s. urged russia to join action with the security council, but the moscow foreign minister accused the u.s. of taking an immoral stance by pressuring assad but by not dealing with the extremist groups trying to oust him. a senior fellow at the hoover institute joins me from new york. thanks so much for joining me. 5000 people now dead since march, and we have the russians saying it is the west that is immoral in not speaking up for the president. there is no consensus. >> absolutely, katty. we have to remember that the estimated 4000 people had been killed since the rebellion erupted in syria, so we have added 1000 people in the last few days. 1500 people have died in one city which has become the epicenter of this fight between the butcher, the regime of assad, and you're absolutely right, there is no consensus. libby let us astray. we thought libya would be the example, that the foreign rescue mission would come to syria. >> i notic
forces in syria. the group said its findings are based on testimony given by more than 60 syrian army defectors. it said response building for the abuses goes right up to president assad himself. joining me from istanbul is the bbc's jonathan head. you and i have discussed it ourselves, several reports from inside syria. it using this is the definitive one, does this have something the others did not have? >> human-rights watch report is important because they did of the reports, but what they have done is they have names names. through these extensive interviews they have been doing with defectors, they looked at the incidents of violence and syria and they had clear testimony in this report of senior offices -- officers, brigadier-general scum who directly ordered their men to kill civilians and it is pretty harrowing. you have soldiers saying they were ordered sometimes to kill a minimum number of demonstrators, sometimes to shoot anybody that they saw. they say this is not just evidence of crimes against humanity, but they have named 74 senior commanders in syria who they say dire
maliki stand side by side. >> the war is ended. >> syria hold local elections, but in a country where more than 5000 have reportedly been killed. taking scullin by storm after arriving from china. today was the time for the and a pair of sweet and sunshine to meet the press. -- the panda pair swee and sunshine to meet the press. welcome. the troops are coming home, but america is not abandoning the middle east. that was president obama's message today as he stood by prime minister maliki today. after nine long controversial years, on december 31, the last american troops will leave the country. but can the u.s. be influential without having boots on the ground? >> present! >> prime minister maliki asked to come to arlington national cemetery where thousands of americans who died in iraq are buried. today, they honored the dead. and for mr. obama today, and warning to iraq caused powerful overbearing neighbor iran. >> just as iraq has pledged not to interfere with other nations, other nations must not interfere in iraq. iraq's sovereignty must be respected. >> the prime minister acknow
want more on the international efforts to bring the violence in syria to a close, you can head straight to our website, and jim, above all, is giving the view of what the main hopes and fears to the arab mission to syria are. let us give you some of the news now. the prime minister of guinea- bissau described an attack on the general staff headquarters and military bases in the capital as an attempted coup. carlos gomez says many arrests have been made in relation to the attack. among those detained with the navy's chief of staff. last week, a rebel general who tried to seize control of the army was arrested. an ethiopian court sentenced two swedish journalist to 11 years in prison for helping of promoting the outlawed national liberation front rebel group. a man was arrested as well -- along with the photographer in an ethiopian region in tonight. police in mexico arrested one of the alleged leaders of the countries most powerful drug cartels. philippe de cabrera, also known by the nickname "the college grad" was accused of being charged -- in charge of security for the bi
in burma, hillary clinton dines with aung san suu kyi. syria's opposition and army defectors unite just as a top u.n. official announces the country is in a state of civil war. >> the right hon. gentleman knows that we had no choice but to close the pool. >> meryl streep takes on margaret thatcher on the big screen. she talks exclusively to the bbc about her role as the iron lady. >> i wanted to in some way capture what ever it was that drew people to her. >> welcome to our viewers on pbs and around the globe. it is not too often that you get dinner with an icon of peace but today the u.s. secretary of state makes history when she had dinner with the nobel prize laureate, aung san suu kyi. hillary clinton is the most senior official to visit the country in more than half a century. where is the guarantee that this new openness will actually last? our reporter is traveling with mrs. clinton and her report has flash photography. >> an american secretary of state shaking hands with the president's, thein sein. then a meeting with the opposition leader, aung san suu kyi. both were unthinkab
in places like tunisia and egypt and libya, syria, this is not risking getting pepper spray order tear gassed only but risking livelihood and live and death. >> there's a difference of what happens in the west and the east and we'll get to that but everybody is taking risks and the folks there are risking their lives to have governments like we have here which the people here are protest whh is is one of the ironies of this t also one of the this that connects them both. >> charlie: when someone suggests oyou thought of this as the ultimate choice say like kurt said, did it overwhelm you where you cannot think of anything else. >> we start thinking about this halfway through the year and at the halfway point of the year we were talking about the arab spring and how revolutionary that was and how world historical that was buts it became contagious as this idea spread to europe and elsewhere in the middle east it seemed to me a much larger phenomenon of people fed up and frustrad b also people who want more democracy in the arab world they want democracy, here they want democracy to be m
's take a look at the other stories making headlines around the world, today. syria is holding local elections despite the continuing violence between security forces and opposition supporters. the government says that this is part of the reform they are introducing in response to the protest. the opposition has called for a boycott turn out. many places are not willing to risk going to the polls, fearing further violence. a spokesman for the russian prime minister says that claims in the parliamentary elections will not affect the results. president dmitri medvedev announced, after his page has been inundated with comments -- most of them hostile. a new spy satellite and concerns over the north korean missile program, with launches coming from their space center. officials say that the satellite can take photos of -- photos from space at night and during bad weather. this is the first visit between security forces and protesters in bahrain. a report last night of police using excessive force against protesters. making a packed lunch every day for their children to take to school is
. a day after the latest deadline for damascus to sign the deal expired, a spokesman for syria's foreign ministry said syria expressed readiness to allow in observers. the man who used to leave the ivory coast -- lead the ivory coast, laurent gbagbo, has appeared in front of the criminal court at the hague. he is charged with responsibility for blood sport -- for bloodshed following elections in the spring. he is the first military leader, to be tried since the inception in 2002. foreign support is crucial to stability of afghanistan. the conference concluded with promises of tough anti- corruption moves by the afghans and pledges of sustained a buy the rest of the world. in the u.s., it may be 11 months until election day, but the political drama is in full swing. this weekend, republican nominee herman cain suspended his campaign, and now it is reality tv host donald trump who is grabbing headlines. today, newt gingrich became the latest candidate to visit trump in new york, seeking his support. it is the announcement trump is scheduled to moderate a debate that has some up in arms. a
. >> charlie: matthew dowd on politics and clarissa rd on syria when we continue. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> charlie: we began with politics. newt gingrich's surge in the poll has changed the complexion of the republican primary contest within month before the caucus, gingrich rides a wave of momentum some believe can carry him to the nomination. skeptics doubt he has adequate funding and organization to sustain a protractive battle with mitt mitt romney, there are questions about his viability as an opponent against obama. matthew dowd a strategist for george b. bush currently an analt for bloomberg news. i'm pleased to have him back at this table. welcome. >> great to be here, charlie. >>> explain this to me because you are one of those who said before cane cain watch out. >> this has been a series of primaries so four without votes being held so far is t anti-romney coalition that's moved around. first it was michele bachmann, then it was rick perry, bill flounder and herman cain and he floundered. for me watchin
safer under strong men and dictators? >> what you see in the middle east in syria and iraq, is a fear of the unknown. that is alfear that is felt by the society at large. is it by no means specific to christians themselves. but there is a pronounced notion in countries that i mentioned that they stand to suffer in a time of chaos and uncertainty. you are hearing in syria right now where the same arguments for a negative legitimacy. we don't know who is going to protect us and we don't know where we are going to find safeguards. the same sentiments you are hearing today are the same as in iraq back in 2002 or before the invasion in march of 2003. there is a fear of the unknown. we have seen it manifested in a lot of ways by emigration. people have left not willing to deal with what the aftermath might bring. >> there are sizable christian communities in arab countries 10% in egypt. 5% in syria. a third in lebanon but a smaller population to begin with. how have these people fared you should the arab spring? >> if you like historically at what christian arabs represented to the region i
bloodshed. officials from syria and the arab league took part in a ceremony today in cairo, egypt. it lets observers in for one month, with the option of extending that stay. in damascus, the syrian foreign minister insisted the regime is serious and not just stalling for time. >> we would not have signed the protocol unless our amendments on it had been adopted no matter what the circumstances were. but after applying those amendments and since we are seeking a political solution to this crisis as soon as possible, along with their partnership, i can now say that the signing of the protocol is the beginning of cooperation between us and the arab league. >> sreenivasan: the announcement came on a day when activists said up to 70 soldiers were gunned down by government troops as they tried to desert near the turkish border. at least 30 other people died in attacks elsewhere. it continued a wave of street violence that churned over the weekend. protest leaders said at least 21 people were killed on sunday as troops and rebels fought each other in northwestern syria. hopes have dimmed for 39
is that it will turn in libya, probably better than in egypt or tunesia. think of what --. >> rose: or syria. >> syria, syria for the moment, the real emergency is to get rid of bashar al-assad and this daily bloodbath 30, 40, 50 dead every day. but in libya, in part because of this involvent of the west, in part because of thismage the west gave to the people of libya, it might turn well. >> but there is a lot of competition among diverse groups who are part of the effort to overthrow qaddafi there is competition for power. there is competition for influence. >> like in all democracies. >> but it was a tribal community too. >> yes, but not-- not so much, there is less tribal division today than before. iaw, i was witness on that duri all the time of the war. my feeling is that the common fight, the brotherhoodin battles did reduce the tribe influence. and ielate in the book one gathering of all tribes of libya which was organized of which i was witness and so on. and i saw the overwhelming of this tribal division. so it is not the mainstream, and in the new government which was formed a few days ago,
are visiting three more cities in syria as part of their mission to assess whether forces are complying with plans drawn up by the league. this comes amidst claims of further violence today. one of the cities they are visiting is a -- is whether protests -- is where the protests began back in march. the anti-government activists claim that 14 protesters were killed on wednesday. >> of their job is not necessary to try to track everything that is happening all over the place, all of the time. that all armed manifestations, as they put it, of the military are pulled off of the streets, and that all detainees are freed. obviously, none of those conditions have been met yet. it is not happening spontaneously. certainly, people are being killed in roughly the same numbers as reported before. the regime did announce the release of 755 prisoners on wednesday. but that is a drop in the ocean. however, the activist reckon that there are many thousands left. human rights watch has joined them in accusing the government of basically smuggling a lot of prisoners on two military bases where they are
the neighbors. there's uncertainty with syria. there's covetedness from iran. there is a nation that is like a border -- iraq is a border state. it's got to maintain relations with all its neighbors and it's got frictions in the north and east and west. >> but you don't agree with those who say that by pulling out now, america has unnecessarily emboldened iran? >> no, because there is a lot of other pressures on iran first, but secondly, this was discussed with the government of iraq, and they weren't prepared to have u.s. troops stay there and have the kind of legal immunity that's required for troops to take action in a foreign country. they understood what the consequences would be. they made that decision, and frankly, after all this time, if you listen to the expressions of popular support and they say they're happy that we're going, good. i think we should listen to people. we've done an awful lot in iraq, some of it didn't work out as well, but a lot of it was with the greatest intentions and there have been some tremendous accomplishments by our soldiers, our men and women in uniform
remain unknown. >> france has rejected russia's proposed new u.n. resolution on syria. on thursday, moscow surprised at the council by circulating a new draft resolution on the crisis, criticizing the violence but making no mention of sanctioned. the french foreign ministry said it was unacceptable but it did say that it was a positive step that moscow recognized the need to react. it is now up to the voters to decide. after months of campaigning, last night the republican hopefuls in the u.s. presidential race took to the stage one last time in iowa before people there make their pick. a lot is riding on the first contest of 2012 and each candidate is trying to play to their strength while hoping that their weaknesses do not play to them on caucus night. -- plague them on caucus night. how do you think that the candidates are shaping up? >> we have the dynamic of this race which has been one candidate who is extremely consistent and constant in his 20%, 25% support. he has been challenged. he has been at the top of the hill. one after the other charges the hill and then seems to t
something about it. >> yet, there are some exceptions. i think of syria, where you have majorities protesting against the minority. >> that is the shape it has taken. it did not start out this way. it is worth remembering that the syrian uprising was almost identical to the one we saw in egypt, tunisia. the regime has successfully fought back by characterizing this as a shia versus sunni thing, and i'm afraid that is becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. but it is still a revolution in progress. there are still many steps. thank you very much for joining us. on the short list for person of the year coming in at no. 5 was kate middleton. if you did not get enough of her this year, do not worry. you will see plenty of her and the rest of the royal family in 2012. our royal correspondent has more on the and itinerary. >> the golden jubilee of 2002 brought up the crowd and took the queen and her husband to different parts of the united kingdom. the program for the diamond jubilee is said by buckingham palace to be even more extensive. the queen will concentrate on the united kingdom acr
on. better than hanging up. tavis: you will never do that. i am glad you said that syria did you give me these great segues into a conversation i wrote this down. i love this line in terms of how you open the text about your childhood. you say, "i was born into poverty and for a long time poverty was all i thought i would know. it defined me in the depths of my soul. " speaking of never giving up, particularly given where you started, how does poverty still define you? >> first of all, poverty continues to exist. it appearance seems to be relentless not only all of the things in america but also globally. we are over 7 billion people on earth. i do not see any philosophical analysis that suggests we know how to get out of this. what we need to do, people are not prepared to commit themselves even those who want to be outside of this oppression everyone is experiencing. nobody wants to step in and stopped the machine that perpetuates this relationship to poverty. many who have nothing as opposed to the few who have everything. as long as these disparities remain between people and forc
. fifa has declined to comment. more than 50 children were killed by state forces in syria last month. that's according to an investigator appointed by the united nations. an emergency session of the organization's human rights council in geneva also heard that more than 300 children have been killed in the country since march. the meeting follows the publication of the u.n. report which accused syrian forces of crimes against humanity. the report has been condemned by the syrian ambassador to the un, who says it was biased. for more on this, we are joined from geneva. i know we had some very strong words at the opening session of the council. was there any feeling that something can happen as a result of this? >> i think the many member states of the human rights council who joined together are sincerely hoping that something will happen. you have to remember that the human rights council itself cannot impose action to a cannot order sanctions. it can recommend action. it is recommending very strongly to the u.n. general assembly and to the security council that it is high time. it i
of their client states -- syria, libya, have had bad years. they have concerns about progress of a missile defense system. things are not going well from their standpoint in terms of u.s.-russia relations. you have mutual shots across the bal here. >> this is very different from the hillary clinton who stood there and pushed the reset button with sergei lavrov. this is noticeably different. >> putin will be reelected president and america will have to deal with him. there are areas where the u.s. and russia can continue to operate but there are some strains in the relationship. >> thank you very much for coming in. but rare putin clearly planning on staying around a long time. -- vladimir putin clearly planning on staying around for a long time. robert mugabe is also planning on staying around for a long time. he spoke at the annual congress. he has been in power for the past 31 years. even after a power-sharing deal was struck, there remain serious concerns in the country. >> he still has his fans here, president mugabe's face on almost everything. the man himself our rights to declare that he wo
. -- this is the worst ivory year on record. making sure that the votes counted in the jamaican elections. in syria, protesters have taken to the streets where arab league observers have been focusing. up to 40 people have been killed across the country including four in a damascus suburbs. the observers visited deraa, idlib, and hama. >> in idlib, protesters called for the overthrow the regime and the execution of the president. the presence of international monitors has not changed the course of the uprising or the ferocity of the regime's response. in hama, one of the cradles of the protest movement, troops reportedly opened fire. activists say at least 10 people were killed. there was similar scenes in deraa. the pictures are hard to verify but in a northern suburb of damascus, monitors were visiting city hall when security forces were said to have opened fire on demonstrators. how am partial candies arab league monitors be when some of their own governments are also cracking down on similar popular uprisings? >> the forces are reliant for their safety and freedom of movements on the very peopl
? >> just in the green room i was listening to your previous guests talking about what's happening in syria and afghanistan and the see ya/sunni split is dramatized and still alive in shakespeare's work live in an england ill shaking with the reformation between the new protestant rulers have more or le illegalized catlicism which was the religion for ages in britain and that conflict runs through shakespeare's work like a print in rock. >> rose: you also said once that to say... for people to say if it's not in the next it's not teibly creative. >> i think the text has always goto be the starting point. partly because one of the... >> rose: all t text? >> one of them... one of the most important bits of magic about shakespeare is that he was he was writing... before print real took over he himself spelt h name probably about 15 different ways, let alone all the other words in his work. we've got very little manuscript of his. but his spelling is appalling. what was regular, what he knew about was the sound of words, the embodied quality of the words. so his text is not meant to be read. yo
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